Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Napkins and Masking Fluid Backgrounds Plus Die-Versions Dies

Welcome to the Universally Crafty Die-Versions blog! Karen here, and today is my first blogpost as a member of the Die-Versions Design Team!  I am sharing a couple cards with you today that feature some of my favorite background techniques and (of course) some gorgeous Die-Versions dies.

My first card above started out as a black swirly cocktail napkin. I attached it to cardstock using a hot iron and cling wrap. Here is a link to a tutorial on how to do that. After the napkin was attached to cardstock, I applied Versamark all over it, sprinkled on heat and stick powder and melted it with a heat gun.  I immediately covered it with fine clear glitter and shook off the excess. Then I sprayed the glittery napkin with a fixative so the glitter stays in place. I attached the background to a black cardbase. The best part of the card is the gorgeous die called Trellis, which can be found here on the Die-Versions website.  I attached it to the front of the card using a spray adhesive.

My second card features the Christmas Word Tree which says it all, right?  I cut it twice and layered the white over the red. I cut the star again in a glittery gold and attached.  I created this background by spattering masking fluid which I watered down so I could easily use a small paintbrush to flick it on watercolor paper. When the masking fluid spatters were dry, I sprinkled on two blue shades of Color Burst and spritzed with water. After that was dry, I rubbed off the masking fluid for the look of snow coming down. I tore a snow drift and attached the Christmas Word Tree to complete the card.
I am finding all I need to create awesome cards are great dies and pretty backgrounds. Check out the Die-Versions website for all the great dies you could ever want.


  1. Love the two backgrounds you created Karen. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Both are beautiful cards! The link you provided for the first card did not work.
    :) Marie

  3. Both of your cards are gorgeous! I love the elegant feel to the first one and the Christmas one is classic!

  4. I have corrected the link to the napkin tutorial. Thanks for all your kind words!

  5. Two very nice cards and two great background techniques, welcome to the team Karen!

  6. Both of your cards are gorgeous, Karen!! Love the backgrounds!! They showcase the dies beautifully!! So glad to have you on the team!!